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Tsonga beats Fish in 3rd round at Indian Wells

Tuesday - 3/12/2013, 4:53pm  ET

Mardy Fish returns a shot against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged Mardy Fish 7-6 (4), 7-6 (0) Tuesday in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Tsonga has beaten Fish all four times they have played. The Frenchman will next play 17th-seeded Milos Raonic, who outlasted Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Fish lost in the third round for the second straight year. He is playing his first tournament since last September after being sidelined with a heart condition. Fish is still in contention in doubles at Indian Wells with partner James Blake.

On the women's side, sixth-seeded Sara Errani defeated ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, the top-ranked man and woman, play later in the day, with temperatures forecast to climb to the lower 90s on a cloudless day in the desert.


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